Arrest of woman over ISIS links sparks debate on Love Jihad


By M K Ashoka

Bengaluru, Jan 9 (IANS) Ever since the arrest of Deepthi Marla a.k.a Mariyum on charges of alleged links with the ISIS by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) earlier this week in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka, it has sparked off a debate on "Love Jihad" in the state.

Hindu organisations have planned special campaigns and programmes in coastal Karnataka through retired police officers, religious leaders and advocates among others in educational institutions and other places to create awareness about Love Jihad. They claim that Love Jihad is a reality and every day they are getting calls from the parents of girls who have disappeared.

They explain that groups are formed to prevent Hindu girls from falling prey to Love Jihad and students are trained to observe closely in academic institutions for suspicious movements on the campus.

The leaders of the ruling BJP which has already got the Anti-Conversion Bill passed in the Assembly are openly stating that they would also bring legislation on Love Jihad. However, state Congress President D.K. Shivakumar has rubbished it saying that all legislation brought by the Bharatiya Janata Party targeting minorities would be thrown into the dustbin after his party comes to power.

Deepthi Marla, a Hindu girl from Kodagu who married Anas Abdul Rahman after falling in love with him while studying BDS, has converted to Islam and changed her name to Mariyum. Anas is the grandson of late Congress three-time MLA B.M. Idinabba.

Later, she is alleged to have come in contact with the ISIS terrorist outfit. She is also alleged to have recruited local youths for the ISIS.

The incident has shocked the people of the state especially in the communally sensitive coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. Hindutva forces who have been protesting against Love Jihad are claiming that Deepthi Marla's case is an example of Love Jihad and it shows how Hindu girls are trapped in love, married, converted to Islam and then used against the Hindu community and nation.

Progressive thinkers dub it as a mere Hindutva agenda and allege that the National Investigation Agency has been getting instructions from Nagpur (RSS Headquarters) to carry out the Hindutva agenda and target the minorities.

Senior Counsel S. Balan, explained to IANS: "Love Jihad is a phrase coined by right wing elements after instructions from Nagpur and that venom is spewed all over India including the security forces, police forces, NIA, everywhere. They have also coined it like another phrase ‘Urban naxals.' It is a bogus word created by right wing elements."

"Love Jihad per se is punishable under section 153 A of the IPC for creating a rift between two communities. It is per se an offence under section 295 of IPC. This is a language to question the integrity, sovereignty and security of the state. It challenges the basic structure of the constitution. How is Love Jihad defined? A woman and man can love, marry it is their right, who has got any right to declare that it is Love Jihad?" he questioned.

"The NIA is a ‘National Inhuman Agency', gets instructions from Nagpur. It is the most communal minded organization and they are bent upon implicating anyone. I am seeing certain cases also. It is a predictive policing algorithm. The moment something happens, the victim is predicted, the culprit is predicted, the ideology is predicted, the organization is predicted, the moment Love Jihad is mentioned, it is predicted that the offenders are Muslims. The victims are Hindus. Many religions preach violence. Even the Hindu religion, if you take the Mahabharata and the Ramayan, it is a war. Like that every religion is violent. Christianity is violent, Judaism is violent, Parsi religion is violent. How and why do you brand one person?" he asked.

Pramod Muthalik, the Founder of Sri Ram Sena, explained to IANS that the term ‘Love Jihad' was coined by him in 2009. "I have written my first book on the subject. In the period of 15 to 20 years as many as 3,000 Hindu girls who have gone away with Muslims have been traced and brought back. They were married back to Hindus. This is happening. Now, the issue is being discussed all over the country. Many states have brought legislation in this regard. The matter has also reached the Supreme Court."

"Kerala is a big centre of Love Jihad. Before four years, 4,000 girls are targeted for Love Jihad, government documents say that among these 3,000 are Christian girls. Love Jihad is a reality. This is done to increase population and misuse Hindu girls and women. They get married and leave them after having children. They would be pushed into brothels and sold in Arab nations. They will also use them for terrorist activities," he claimed.

"Our activists have struggled a lot to bring back victim Hindu girls. They have managed to bring out Hindu girls who were kept in Mosques. The activists have faced assaults and gone to jail. Till date, we get five to six phone calls every day from people about their daughter absconding. This is happening. We have formed squads in all the colleges and they keep a vigil," Muthalik stated.

Afsar Kodlipet, State Secretary of the Social Democratic Party of India, said that the concept of Love Jihad is a castle built in the air and a conspiracy by the Sangh Parivar elements to target minorities.

"In 2009, NIA came to Karnataka to investigate the alleged rape, murder of 37 women. It was alleged that Hindu women were used sexually and converted forcefully to another religion as part of Love Jihad. After a detailed investigation the NIA uncovered the role of Cyanide Mohan, a psycho serial killer, behind the death of 27 women. He targeted Dalit women and girls and after exploiting them, fearing exposure he killed them. Later, it came to light that there is no Love Jihad in all the cases," he said.

"The issue was raised in Parliament in 2009-10. The then government at the Centre gave a written answer that there is not a single case of Love Jihad in the country. In Karnataka BJP MLC Ravikumar raised the issue in the Legislative Council when B.S. Yediyurappa was the Chief Minister. Then Social Welfare Minister Govind Karajol explained in the House that there is not a single case of forceful conversion in connection with Love Jihad allegations," he stated.

T.S. Chandrashekar, international affairs analyst and BJP TV panellist, maintained that Love Jihad is a reality. "In Kerala, the fundamentalist elements will gather inputs on girls who are single daughters and rich. They think if they trap these girls, they would also get resources. Uneducated, poor girls are not targeted. Only, working, educated women are being trapped in love and later brainwashed."

Sharan Pumpwell, Zonal Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Dakshina Kannada, claimed that since 15 years the cases of Love Jihad are increasing. Every day such cases are reported in the coastal Karnataka region. Hindu girls are brainwashed and even become victims of sex jihad. In Kerala, they are targeting Catholic Christian girls.

"We are launching a campaign on January 17. Seminars are being conducted in colleges and religious leaders, caste leaders, retired police officers, advocates are involved in the campaign to create awareness among people about Love Jihad," he stated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Charan, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    One thing I can't understand, once they converted, into Islam what makes them so cruel and make them religious extremist?

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  • Harold Dcunha;, Mangalore, India.

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    Charan, Mangaluru; Did you notice, when a pious, soft spoken bramin, takes a sword; he will be uncontrollable. Because after a long struggle, he has brainwashed his own mind. Might be, in a similar way, when one person converts to another religion, then, their ideology will play in their mind and continuous brain washing will lead them to terrorism. The most easiest recruits are newly converted as their depth of knowledge of the new religion is like a bubble in the water.

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  • ash, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    Its your wrong understanding, Main stream media has brainwashed people like you by such stuff. Do you coin the same to BD/RSS for their cruel acts. one should explore the world and know the reality.

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  • Harold Dcunha;, Mangalore, India.

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    ash, Mangalore BD, VHP, RSS, PFI all are of the same level. All have been brain washed by their respective group religious affiliated body. That is why, Religion is opium to society. Humanity is the only true Religion, which has no boundaries.

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  • John, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    Anti conversation law, love jihad, cow protection right wing groups are living in a fantasy world

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  • Lancy Dsa, Mudarangadi/ Kalmady

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    don't have courage to speak against love jihad.

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  • Thousif, Manglore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    All cook stories only they back her because she became muslim .when muslim man merry it is love jihad when hindu merry muslim lady then ghar wapise sala ek number ka harmi log .

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  • ashraf, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    Innalaaha mahasaabireen

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  • Sandesh, Udupi

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    How will you guys ever allow another religion guy to marry a Muslim woman? That situation never happens.

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  • Bharath Raj, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Minorities............let's go for headcount and see them hiding....

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Is this one unconfirmed case so alarming without any direct and independent statement from the accused herself?!?!?!?!?!?!?….How many such cases are filed in the court and how many parents have sit on protest and given memorandum to thier local MLAs????…..Only this govt paid organisations from our tax money which is extended arm of the govt itself is making noise.

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  • mohan ptsbhu, Mangalore/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    There is nothing sinister with love jihad which targets muslims who are not a small minority but a sizeable one compared to all other communities. The question should be asked, what makes the Hindu and Christian girls fall in "love" with muslim boys. Are they "superior" lovers compared to the boys in their community, or are there not enough of them; or do the girls go after money rather than the poor boys. Why not the hindu organizations hold mass marriages and wean away marriageable or marriage hungry girls?

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Costal twin districts are comparatively well off and have not really felt the pinch of economic slowdown hence such nonsense can be done freely, no other place except Bengaluru for such nonsense in ENTIRE KARNATAKA.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Are all love relations between a Hindu gal and a Muslim man, love jihad? By that logic, every Hindu man who falls in love with Muslim woman and marry her must be termed as Love Jihad by Hindus??

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  • ashraf, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    they coined jihad in all the fields, its their favorite word. road jihad, land jihad, traffic jihad, sand jihad, business jihad. you name it.

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  • Varun, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Are people who got converted to other religions for marriage sake happy? Any daiji reader ?

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    cock and bull stories to victimise minorities....only solution congress back in power and make this divider of nation go to nityanandas kailasa

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  • Reshma, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Encounter is the best option.

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Yes. I agree with you.

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  • Ozy, Surathkal

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    When you propagate will hont you back.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, India

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Are all love relations between a Hindu gal and a Muslim man, love jihad? By that logic, every Hindu man who falls in love with Muslim woman and marry her must be termed as Love Jihad by Hindus??

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Hindu Organizations should introspect why Deepthi Marla willfully converted to Islam & now practicing Love Jihad ...

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  • Satya M. Jayathe, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    know the truth

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Mon, Jan 10 2022

    .....very simple. Deepthi converted for the sake of marriage and now practicing honey trap jihad under pressure.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Many a things will be rubbished under political correctness. Many people have written about it. To read these issues unbaisedly so that the common cliched complaint on Nagpur does not crop intermittently in media to insinuate that such a crime is a bogey of Hindu fundamentalists, you can read many ex muslims who have written about it. You can read books by Ali Sina, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, wafa sulatan etc to get their perspective also so that you can be an informed reader. Its is not exactly love Jihad but a mental complex where women outside my fold are not chaste women. So some fun with them is alright. These are the reasons some of reasons why north Africans who migrated to european lands for livelihood have many rape gangs operating taking advantage of the open European society.

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  • Deshbhakth, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    pfi/ssf/cfi have responsibility of distributing hizab shawls in schools/colleges only ?

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  • rahul, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    charbi

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  • moshu, kudla

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    namma jana, case puska

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  • veer, nagpur

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    shoot

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Simply spreading islamaphobia. In parliament, when official facts were asked from home ministry, then they had no reply, nor official facts. Its much easier to soread nonsense this way without facts

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Who the frack are these so called 'Hindu' organisations — they should be ashamed to call themselves Hindus when all they are interested in is spewing hate venom and dividing a great country the Constitution of which gives citizens the freedom to practice and preach any religion!

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  • vikhas, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Anna please watch Kerala priests warning against Love jihad. If you accepting or not Love Jihad is there. in Kerala most of the victims are Christian girls.

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  • Bobato Charlie, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Who the frack are these so called 'Hindu' organisations — they should be ashamed to call themselves Hindus when all they are interested in is spewing hate venom and dividing a great country the Constitution of which gives citizens the freedom to practice and preach any religion!

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  • Amaze, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    7.5 years at the centre and still can't prevent love jihad cases....hindu khatre me hai BJP se

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  • Agee, Indian-UAE

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    All terrorism must put to an end..... Current scenario of Indian progress can lead to massive civil WAR

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  • Nazeer husain, Jeddah

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Enforcement joint director under modi regime now has taken voluntary retirement to contest elections in bjp recently in uttar Pradesh like what former chief justice of India Ranjan gogoyi got rajya Sabha seat...So picture is clear....All is well for favouring sanghi sarkar.....similarly this kind of fixing.

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  • Hussain, Abu Dhabi

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Its funny that on the ground BJP leaders and its clueless followers fight vociferously on Love Jihad issues and make it communal. The same BJP Govt at the centre says they have got no details of the state reported love jihad cases..! National Commission for Women (NCW) says they have no data of Love Jihad..! Poor ppl elected BJP only to discuss these issues..! I wish they had discussed unemployment, fuel prices, inflation etc. in the same interest ! As long as people are fighting on religious lines.. kursi mazboot rahega boss ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Why are they targeting only Minorities ...

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  • nithya, karkala

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    minorities

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  • Satya, Parkala

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Yes minorities.

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  • Shashikumar Shetty, Santhoor

    Sun, Jan 09 2022

    Which minorities ? Achari’s , Poojarys , Bunts , Brahmins. Koragas , Mundas , Konkanas etc etc ? We are all less than 1% of Indian population . That means we are micro minorities - the entire resource of the nation must be ours .

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